Napheesa Collier Wins espnW’s Rookie Of The Year

While the WNBA has yet to announce their winner for Rookie of the Year, Napheesa Collier picked up an accolade that indicates that she is in pole position for the award.

A panel of ESPN writers including Rebecca Lobo, LaChina Robinson and Mechelle Voepel published their picks for Rookie of the Year, MVP, Coach of the Year and the WNBA All-League first-team Tuesday morning and named Collier as their pick for ROY.

Voepel wrote that while the race between Collier and Wings rookie Arike Ogunbowale was close, the result was conclusive.

“The rookie race came down to two players. Ogunbowale’s scoring numbers were bigger: She averaged 19.1 points, third-best in the league, and had five games scoring 30 or more. She transitioned to point guard and was the focal point of Dallas’ attack—her usage rate was 28.8, and she shot 38.8% from the field—in what was a rebuilding year for the Wings… But Collier was our nearly unanimous choice for her all-around impact on the playoff-bound Lynx.”

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